I see patients in my clinic everyday who tell me that they've had an allergic reaction. However, this term means different things to different people. Most people will say that they experienced a skin rash, such as hives or tongue, lip or throat swelling (called angioedema), as part of their allergic reaction. Others say that their allergic reaction caused them to sneeze and have a runny nose, or have an asthma attack. The most serious form of allergic reactions is anaphylaxis, which involves a "whole body" allergic reaction, not just the skin, and can be life-threatening. Allergic reactions are extremely common, whether the cause is from a drug allergy, food allergy, insect sting allergy, or an unknown cause.
I see patients in my clinic everyday who tell me that they've had an allergic reaction. However, this term means different things to different people. Most people will say that they experienced a skin rash... Read more
The initial treatment of anaphylaxis includes the removal of the offending allergen (remove the bee stinger; stop taking the medication; remove the latex from the person's body, etc.), as well as the use of various medications, such as injectable epinephrine, antihistamines and corticosteroids... Read more
Almost every patient with hives that I see in my clinic is concerned that an allergy is triggering their symptoms. Most think that a certain food is the cause of their hives; others think that a change in a soap or detergent is the culprit. Before they see me, these people have tried to avoid these suspected triggers, yet the hives usually persist... Read more